Friday, September 11, 2015

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Are you looking for something to do in the Washington, D.C., area? The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia, is an awesome place to go! Enjoy the photos of our visit to this kid-friendly facility which has something for everyone to enjoy!

What can you do in the Washington, D.C. area on a snowy day? I recently visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with son Joshua and grandson Lucas, and we had an awesome time! Be sure and put this on your "Bucket List"!

We left early to get a good parking spot.

Almost there...

...we've arrived!!

Admission is free!

There is no charge for admission. Parking is $15.00 before 4:00 p.m.; after 4:00 p.m., parking is free.

Tours are available, but we did our own tour. As we walked in, we were amazed by the sight - airplanes everywhere!!

Grandson Lucas is a Planes fan, so he is very excited!

The detailed descriptions and pictures of the airplanes help visitors gain a wealth of knowledge!

I believe I can fly!!

Observe the aircrafts being restored.

Space Shuttles and Satellites: 
It's a History Lesson in 3-D!! 

Early Space Exploration 

Mercury Capsule "Big Joe"


Large displays offer detailed information.

There's a lot of walking in this 3-story museum, but fortunately there are places to rest!

I need a break!
Screens with videos and life-size displays capture a lot of attention!

What is that?
Planes, and more planes!

The bottom level of airplanes offers lots to see!

Now, that's a toolbox!

Kid-Friendly Atmosphere

Enjoy many Kid-Friendly Activities Along the Way!

Discovery Station Fun!

Become a Pilot for the Day!

Hands On activities make waiting easier!

Up, up, and away! Flying with Daddy is fun!

More brightly colored planes!


Airships and Hot-Air Balloon Exhibit

Interesting Items carried onboard

Modern Hot-Air Balloon Basket

Hungry? Time for Lunch? Got Food?

Yes!!! There's even a McDonald's on the premises!

Time to Shop!

The Gift Shop has many gift items and souvenirs at reasonable prices. Lucas had fun shopping for himself and his baby brother!

Time to Go Home!

Finally, it's time to go home! Overall, we had a great day with memories that will last a lifetime. The sun was shining brightly as we walked outside to the snow-covered parking lot. Yes, it's been a great day!

For more information, go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum site:

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